County Shelter Opened to Support Those Without Power
– Chester County
Emergency Management supported by state agencies and the Red Cross have opened
a shelter at West Chester University to support those who have suffered a loss
location is the Sturzebecker Health Science Center, 850 S. New Street (South
Campus), West Chester, Pa. 19383.
loss of power many citizens in southeast Pennsylvania could be without power
for days,” said Pennsylvania Emergency Management Director Glenn Cannon.
“With these cold temperatures, and the high number of outages, the county has
requested resources and many agencies are now in support.”
from the Red Cross, PEMA, Department of Public Welfare and Department of Health
all mobilized in Harrisburg to deploy to West Chester in support of the county
County faces some significant challenges with these power outages," said
Deputy Emergency Manager Robert Kagel, Chester County. "We found it essential
to establish a large shelter as soon as possible to remain responsive to the
needs of the citizens."
the shelter is available on-site, and for those with pets, members of the
Chester County Animal Response Team will be supporting.
reminded that when they leave their home for a shelter they should turn off
electrically powered items that should not be unattended. Stoves heaters
and other items that were on when power went out will be a hazard when power is
You may need
to bring a day’s worth of medications, pet food and other supplies as well as
comfort items such as a child’s or pet’s favorite toy.
Cross, administering the site, recommends:
patience and understanding. Red Cross will make you as comfortable and safe as
possible, but you'll have company.
Medications and paper copy of your prescriptions in case they need to be
favorite blanket or pillow (although they will be provided).
games to keep you and your children occupied.
5) Pets as
most warming centers and pet shelters are pet friendly. Bring a special pet toy
Toothbrush, combs other toiletries.
Important phone numbers and other papers in case you need them or your phone
Excessive amount of personal items
County, Bob Kagel, 610-344-5000, email@example.com
Dave Schrader, M (267) 246-4375, Dave.firstname.lastname@example.org
Angell, 717-585-8809, email@example.com